This is the former factory for Cotton's Holsum Breads, a brand which still exists. I've heard the aroma of delicious baking bread used to permeate the surrounding area.
Let's back up to earlier that day. Our first stop was a site I'd been wanting to visit since spotting it a few months back: Ten Flags Inn. Or as it should now be called, Ten Poles Inn.
Imagine our surprise when this "abandoned" motel had a few cars parked around the lot--not the usual kind you see languishing away in their free storage at abandoned sites around town, but cars that looked to be in use at different room doors.
Turns out, despite the initial appearance, Ten Flags lives on! Well, it's more like limping along. Shortly after we got out of the car, a small woman emerged from the office, laying a supremely suspicious staredown upon us. She wanted to know what we were doing. Rachel explained we were just looking around, which we could tell was a decidedly unsatisfactory explanation for her. I think I chimed in with the usual "We're art students!" excuse, which she also was not having any of. She did not turn off her suspicion staredown death ray, but said, "I know you're up to something else, but sure, look around," and retreated back to the office.
We didn't stick around long but got a few shots of the (actually abandoned) restaurant on site, last called A Formosa Buffet House.
From there we went to the Bellemont motor lodge, as seen in three recent posts. After that we hit a creepy daycare center Rachel had seen in her travels.
Turns out, the daycare center might feature some creeps on the outside of it, but it, too, was actually still in business.
Although, would you choose a day care with this broken-down shack next to it?
Moving on! Cotton's Holsum Bread.
Here are the views in through the front door.
Around the corner, a bus was taking advantage of the patented Abandoned Baton Rouge Free ParkingTM. Need a parking spot? Go abandoned!
From there, we went to an industrial area. This view drew my eye because it could almost be any era since the 1950s or 60s-- the old train cars, the amoeba-shaped sign next to them, and the cursive logo on the parts and services shop (still open).
Looking in the opposite direction from that photo, there were several single-story empty buildings, some less empty than others. For example, judging by the deodorant and toothbrush, this one seems to be someone's overnight destination.
I guess sometimes you just want to get in a few rounds of pool with the resident fat tabby cat, away from the distractions of everyday life.
And this electronics shop was even less empty.
Area artists and sculptors, do you need free materials, especially of the electronic kind? You're welcome!
All the cars in front of this place were filled with scanners, printers, and other electronic refuse.
Around the corner from that trailer, boats!
And finally, speaking of art, some accidental outsider art. I see it as a meditation on the circle of life.
Like that chair in the background? I did, too. Yoink!